Thursday, September 25, 2008

Development is yourself

A thought just came to my mind as I was reading the newspapers this morning.

All too often, Papua New Guineans are very quick to point fingers at the government, for anything that goes wrong.

Papua New Guinea just celebrated 33 years of independence on Tuesday last week, September 16, and it is now time to look at ourselves rather than forever pointing fingers at the government.

Sure, the government isn’t made up of saints, and politicians and public servants have committed so many sins since September 16, 1975.

Development, I have always believed, is yourself.

If I develop myself, my neighbour will emulate my successes and so on, a never-ending circle of success.

Papua New Guinea, however, will continue to wallow in the depths of despair if we continue holding on to our bad habits.

They are, to name a few:

1.      Consumption of alcohol

2.      Smoking

3.      Chewing of betelnut

4.      Laziness

5.      Criminal activities

6.      Use of drugs, in particular, marijuana

7.      Gambling

8.      Beliefs in sorcery

9.      Wantok system

10.  Procastination

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  1. Malum

    Half of the year or so, politicians are attacking each other on the floor of parliament or arguing before a court of law.

    Public servants fight fiercely before the court of law, for prestige or to serve the people, I do not understand!

    When will we focus for PNG's development?

    I wish, if I am the prime minister then I would commit all aid and donor money into building a trans- highlands highway, cutting throuh mountains and bridges over cliffs reaching all highlands and then focus on agriculture, This is the solution to PNGs current developmental and social problem. Again, i would engage Chinese and Japanese engineers because they work very hard and do not complain like lazy papua New Guineans.

    Mathew yakai

  2. Well said Mathew.

    And bring in more Chinese and Japanese engineers!